When it comes to winter getaways, New York is at the top of the list of the area’s best skiing and snowboarding destinations. Besides, with fresh powder and some of the gnarliest ranges in the region, where else would you rather hit the slopes? So, without further ado, here is our list of the top New York ski resorts, perfect for riders of any skill set.
Hit the Slopes at these New York Ski Resorts
Thunder Ridge Ski Area
Located in the rolling hills of Patterson, Thunder Ridge Ski Area is just a quick hour and a half drive from Long Island. Besides, with day and night riding available, you can hit the trails at any time of the day, until 9 p.m.
With 22 trails, three chairlifts and four magic carpets, Thunder Ridge has the slow and gentle slopes to meet the needs of beginners, as well as daring, adventurous trails for advanced skiers and snowboarders.
When you need a break from the action, visit their pub or cafeteria, which has a panoramic glass atrium that overlooks the slopes. Also, if you’d like to make your visit more than just a day trip, they have plenty of lodging options nearby.
Catamount Ski Resort
Located 45 miles southeast of Albany, Catamount Mountain Resort is one of the original Berkshire New York ski resorts. In fact, it’s actually on the New York/Massachusetts border in Hillsdale, NY, making it entirely possible to ski through two states on one run.
Best of all, the mountain features the Berkshires’ longest, yet steepest, trail. Other than that, the lift lines are usually short and the trails are mostly uncrowded. Besides 23 trails and 6 lifts, they also have a terrain park with a solid mix of jibs, rails, bumps and jumps.
Located in Highmount, Bellayre Mountain has 47 trails for a wide range of skill levels: 11 beginner-friendly slopes, 27 intermediate trails and nine difficult double-black runs.
Boarders will also appreciate the new and improved terrain park with two progression parks full of jumps, boxes and rails, plus a rails-only park. If you’re looking for a serene way to explore the pristine Catskill Forest Preserve, strap on show shoes or cross-country skis and traverse this New York ski resort’s six miles of quiet trails.
Outdoor activities during the winter can be hard to come by. However, after just a short drive up north, you’ll be at some of the best New York ski resorts.